Garrard County artist shares her works of art


Geri Trinler has plenty to inspire her photography. She lives on 119 acres in Garrard County, with woods, open areas, an assortment of cats and a dog.

Beading she happened into by circumstance. A friend, Sally Goodloe, was teaching her about beading, and when Goodloe died, Trinler inherited many of her beads. Then, two years ago, she broke her leg and was in a wheelchair for five months. That gave her plenty of time to learn how to bead. "And you do need to learn," Trinler says of the not-so-easy skill.

"The basic thing is learning how to do the weaving."

She started making amulet bags, which she weaves in a circle around a cardboard tube.

"The first one probably took 50 hours," says Trinler, a member of Gathering Artists and Wilderness Trace Art League.

Now, the time varies by how elaborate the pattern is. A small, fairly simple bag might take 15 hours to make. Larger bags take more time, both for design and execution.


"The hard part is selling them for my time," Trinler says of the difficulty in pricing her beadwork bags. "They're more a labor of love.

"Making bags is meditative ... it made the time go faster" when she was in a wheelchair, she adds.

A small bag runs around $100 and the prices go up from there.

She also makes bracelets that she sells at gatherings such as the Historic Constitution Square Festival. Those range from $50 down to $10 for the "little, cutesy bracelets."

"The fun part is designing and finding the beads you like," Trinler notes. "There are thousands of different kinds to choose from."

Trinler has a closet and a room filled with beads.

"I have my own bead store," jokes Trinler, who also creates Web sites for people. "The hardest part is how to organize them so when I want something I can find it."

Many of the beads are Austrian crystals that she buys from catalogs and the Internet, although silver separators come from India and Malaysia, glass beads come from Czechoslovakia, foil beads from Italy, and others from Greece.

"They're from all over the world," Trinler says. "The Italians were the first bead makers."

Last year, she attended a big show centered around beads in Tucson, Ariz. "(The show) takes up the whole city." There are bead artists who create specialized beads, Trinler says, made of polymer clay, or glass that is melted on a rod. One artist made clay in a long roll in the shape of a leaf and sliced it, Trinler says.

"She baked it, then sanded it," she notes. "I would like to get into doing that."

The glass beads are made over a blow torch.

"(The artist) keeps adding colors. ... When you get into glass, the top end is elaborate glass works."

Photos done with digital camera, ink jet printer

Trinler's photography is done with an Olympus digital camera and an ink jet printer. She can take a photograph and make it look like a watercolor if she wants, or leave it as is. Sometimes she just cleans up a photograph, removing distracting, extraneous elements.

"I do a lot of wildflowers," Trinler notes. "There are tons of wildflowers on the farm.

"The hardest part (of photography) is the lighting. ... Cloudy days are better - there are less shadows and contrast. And I can lighten (the photographs) in the computer."

Trinler humorously adds she worked on the first Adobe Photoshop in the 1980s.

Trinler has several photograph on display at the Boyle County Public Library, in an exhibit titled "Nature Up Close." One is "Face in the Grass," a face in the ground at a friend's garden. There's "Dandelion" and "Garden Troubadour" as well as "Praying Mantis," a photograph from which she removed scuff marks on the background wood.

There is "Bellwort" and "Bluebells," the latter of which was shot with a macro-lens, and "Floating Pink" and "Bromeliad," photographs made to look like watercolors.

Then there is "Star - The Foal," a picture of a filly when it was less than 24 hours old. Trinler says she got rid of the image of the mother horse in the background. Finally, there is "Patches the Cat," and if viewers look closely at the cat's eyes, they can see Trinler reflected there.

Trinler also takes pictures when she travels, she says as she shows photographs of the British Virgin Islands. "I've got a camera with me all the time."

That's because she loves photography.

"I like capturing the beauty of it (the subjects) ... stopping time and taking pictures. I like being able to look at where I've been. I'm a very visual person."

Now, Trinler is taking 100 years of family photographs and scrapbooking them. She found three women from all over the country, hooked up with them via the Internet, and discovered they had the same great-great-grandfather.

"I have all the family photos, so it's my obligation to share. I'll start scrapbooking them along with the genealogy. ... I'm making a record of what has happened and sharing."

The sharing aspect is her motive for making jewelry, too, she notes.

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